Hyun-Jin Ryu had the chips stacked in his favor when he took the mound on Wednesday. He was pitching on an extra day of rest and was 4-0 with a 1.91 ERA in his last five starts.
The Dodgers handed Ryu a 2-0 lead in the second inning, though the lefty allowed the Atlanta Braves to cut their deficit in half in the bottom of the inning. Then with the Dodgers trailing 3-2 in the sixth, Ryu was removed from the game with a gluteus strain.
Ryu walked B.J. Upton and immediately grabbed at his leg after releasing the pitch that was called ball four. Following the loss, Ryu admitted to feeling discomfort prior to that moment, according to Joe Morgan of MLB.com:
I felt fine through the whole game except when I was facing B.J. Upton,” Ryu said through a translator. “I felt it four pitches before I walked him, but I thought it was nothing serious, so I thought I could pitch out of it, but it just kept getting worse and worse. I regret that I didn’t stop it right then.”
Manager Don Mattingly stated he sensed something may have been off but didn’t have time to act on his hunch:
He was missing a couple of pitches there, where he looked a little bit funny,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “Actually, before that pitch, [pitching coach Rick Honeycutt] was like, ‘Is he all right?’ We were keeping an eye on him, and then all of a sudden, right after that pitch.”
In postgame interviews Ryu seemed to be upbeat, but did say there was some concern given his unfamiliarity with the injured area:
There’s a little concern because it’s a new area that’s never bothered me before,” Ryu said through a translator. “So right now, the only thing I want to do is sleep through and see how I feel tomorrow morning.”
Ryu’s next scheduled start is Aug. 19 when the Dodgers begin a three-game series at home with the San Diego Padres. The Dodgers also catch somewhat of a break as Aug. 18 is an off-day, which would again afford Ryu with an extra day of rest.
If the left-hander is unable to make his scheduled start, the Dodgers will likely call on Kevin Correia for a second spot start.
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